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Historical Events in 1381

  • May 30 English peasant uprising begins in Essex

Poll Tax Triggers the Peasants' RevoltPoll Tax Triggers the Peasants' Revolt

Jun 12 Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath
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King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.
King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 14 Richard II in England meets leaders of the Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance.

King of England Richard II
King of England
Richard II
  • Jul 15 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England